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    :: Friday, July 22, 2005 ::

    The Horrors -- and Promise -- of 1892 - Dick Meister, ILCA
    Those shots fired in 1892 were the opening shots of one of the most violent and most significant of the battles that altered for all time the relationship between working people and their employers.

    The Homestead strikers lost. But their struggle -- their very loss -- inspired workers everywhere to demand and to eventually win the vital right to a true voice in determining their conditions of employment.

    The strikers belonged to what was in 1892 the country's most powerful union, the 25,000-member Amalgamated Association of Iron, Steel and Tin Workers. But Carnegie Steel had become probably the country's most powerful corporation, so dominant in the steel industry it no longer felt a need to bargain with the union.
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